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What is Peer Support?

(Peer Support and Dementia - MODULE ONE)

 

People with dementia and unpaid carers say that peer support with and from their peers is something they value the most.  It helps to keep people more socially connected, giving them confidence and motivation to participate in their communities and friendship circles.  It helps them feel valued by being listened to and being able to help others with similar experiences; it fosters a sense of belonging. 

In this course you will be exploring all areas connected to peer support and dementia.  Whether you are living with dementia, an unpaid carer, a family member or friend, this course has it covered. 

The course starts with an introduction to peers support (MODULE ONE) and then goes onto a deeper exploration of some of the many projects and experiences of people living in Scotland connected to peer support and dementia.  It also includes a full guide (MODULE FIVE) on how to set up your own conference to start create your own peer support projects.

The course is based on Life Changes Trust publication ' Peer Support and Dementia: a resource for creating better lives', which is part of their 'Dementia: A Whole Life Approach' publications.

This Module (MODULE ONE) is an introduction to peer support.  It can be a stand-alone module, or one that you use to go deeper into exploring peer support and dementia in Scotland.  You will be looking at what peer support means to you, what are the key parts and values to peer support and how it relates to dementia.  You will then go onto hearing about some of the peer support networks in Scotland, before reflecting on what you have learnt and learning about the benefits of peer support in dementia.

To access this course, you will need to either register for the Recovery College or login.  This will allow you to keep a record of all the courses you have completed and receive certificates.  Just click on the 'Get Started' below and find the course in the Course Catalogue.

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